Friday, January 01, 2010

Wyoming: Cougar killed when found feeding on llama

Frito the llama escapes getting munched, back at home in Wyo. after 2nd llama killed by cougar

By Associated Press

2:50 p.m. EST, December 31, 2009

ALTA, Wyo. (AP) — Frito the llama defied his name and didn't get eaten.

Lou Centrella seemed sure that was Frito's fate after a mountain lion killed another of his llamas on Sunday. Frito was nowhere to be found after the attack on the other llama, named Grayson.

On Monday, the cougar returned to the Centrellas' yard in western Wyoming to feed on the llama it had killed. Concerned the big cat may have acquired a taste for llama, Centrella shot it.

Wildlife officials say he was within his rights, but Centrella says he felt bad about killing the mountain lion.

Centrella and his daughters Lane and Mila went looking for Frito on Wednesday. They found him four miles away, across the state line in Driggs, Idaho.

They put a rope on the errant llama and led him home through the snow.

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Information from: Jackson Hole News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-us-odd-lion-kills-llama,0,7815249.story

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